Enid News and Eagle
MOORE, Okla. —
Faced with a pair of must-win games to keep their playoff hopes alive, Enid’s soccer teams came away with a pair of one-goal victories Tuesday for their first District 6A-4 wins in four tries.
The Plainsmen won 2-1 in double overtime when Yancarlos Duenas scored the “golden goal” with 1:40 left in the second overtime.
Brianna Burrow scored the game-winner for the Pacers with eight minutes remaining in the contest for a 3-2 win in the girls game.
“These were must-win games,” said Enid coach Craig Liddell. “We feel very good about ourselves right now.”
In the boys game, the Plainsmen (5-5, 1-3) started fast out of the gate as Edgar Delgadillo scored in the fifth minute to give Enid a 1-0 lead. Delgadillo’s goal came off a rebound of a shot by Oscar Pena, who took a pass from Delgadillo and raced past the Moore defenders to get off the shot, with Delgadillo burying the rebound from 12 yards out.
“Oscar made a tremendous move to get past the defender and get off the shot,” Liddell said.
The Plainsmen controlled play for the next 20 minutes, but Moore got the equalizer in the 23rd minute to make it 1-1.
The teams went into halftime tied 1-1.
“I said to them ‘you want to go to the playoffs, we have to win,’” Liddell said of his halftime message to the Plainsmen.
“We were still kind of dominating in the second half. And we played even in the first overtime.”
After both teams played end-to-end throughout most of the second overtime, Duenas controlled a loose ball and put the game-winner in the back of the net from seven yards out.
“He crushed it,” Liddell said.
In the opening game, the Pacers fell behind when the Lady Lions broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the 12th minute of play.
“We were really peppering their goal,” Liddell said. “But we just didn’t get one past their keeper.”
The Pacers (4-6, 1-3) tied it at 1-1 when team-leading scorer Sophie Holle scored on a penalty kick in the fifth minute of the second half, putting the ball off the inside of the post as it found its way across the goal line on the far side.
Enid went ahead three minutes later when Hensley Swenn put a shot into the far upper corner of the net.
“That was one for the highlight reels,” Liddell said.
Shelley Mueller assisted on Swenn’s goal.
But the lead did not hold up as Moore tied it at 2-2 with 12 minutes remaining.
With the team thinking overtime was a real possibility, Burrow forced the ball across the goal line in tight quarters for what turned out to be the game-winning goal with eight minutes to go.
“It wasn’t the prettiest goal, but it took a lot of courage,” Liddell said.
Moore’s boys dropped to 2-3 in the district with the loss. Moore’s girls dropped to 1-4.
Enid doesn’t get much of a breather, or time to enjoy its wins, as Jenks visits D. Bruce Selby Stadium Thursday night in another important district contest ,with the girls scheduled for a 6 p.m. start and the boys at 8.
“We kept our season alive and we will be up for the cause (Thursday),” Liddell said. Jenks’ boys are ranked No. 1 by OKrankings.com, while the Lady Trojans are ranked No. 3.